Bone conduction hearing aids amplify sound through vibrations of the bones of the skull. There are two general types: a surgical option that is implanted into the skull worn with an external processor (this is not a cochlear implant) and a non-surgical option that is worn on a headband or attached directly to the skin with adhesive.
Bone conduction hearing aids are for people with single-sided deafness, for people with contraindications to hearing aid use, and for people with a conductive hearing loss.
Single-sided deafness means that there is little or no hearing in one ear and normal to near normal hearing in the opposite ear.
Some people are born this way and others develop this condition through a head injury. Still others lose their hearing suddenly for no apparent reason.
Contraindications to traditional hearing aid use include chronic ear drainage, deformity of the ear, and pain or discomfort from disease or trauma.
Conductive hearing loss means that there is a problem in the ear canal, eardrum, or bones of the middle ear that keep sound from getting to the inner ear (similar to what an earplug does).
When you have your hearing evaluated, your audiologist can help you determine what type of hearing aid would be most effective for you.
Individuals grappling with contraindications to traditional hearing aids may find hope in bone conduction technology. The path toward choosing the most fitting hearing aid for you is a personalized journey, and we’re here for you every step of the way. Thousands of people in the Braunfels area trust our team of hearing care professionals to help them make informed decisions about the type of device that aligns with their unique needs